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Hoshinjutsu Belt System

The Hoshinjutsu belt system is based on the GoDai elements of: earth, water, fire, wind and void are combined with the corresponding chakra colours of red for earth, orange for water, yellow for fire, green for wind and blue for void. For each belt rank a student will successfully complete a physical, verbal, and written testing. The year association fee must be up to date in order for students to be eligible to test.


The WHITE BELT symbolizes the first rank of the student. It is a belt of transition indicating willingness to learn. The white belt indicates that the student has mastered dojo conduct and that the sensei has accepted the student into the Hoshin system. The student will know how to fall, understand the safety signals, and will begin study of basic kicks, strikes, throws, holds, locks and meditation.


The EARTH BELT indicates the student has demonstrated competency in the entire red belt syllabus; is able to teach white belt basics; understands basic physiology, general principles of combat; and demonstrates basic knowledge of breathing, and meditation.


The WATER BELT indicates the student has competency the concepts of the previous belts. The student now works on strategic body placement, defensive maneuvering, emotional control, and fundamental breathing techniques. The orange belt may be asked to lead the class in warm up and will carry out kohai duties as relative to his or her status.


The FIRE BELT indicates a competency of the previous belts and is considered an assistant instructor. The student now engages in depth studies of the masters, strategy, tactics, reading of intention, offensive maneuvering, and attack combinations. The yellow belt is also concerned with learning advanced energy and meditation techniques and advanced skill of at least two weapons. In order to achieve fire belt students must successfully complete a traditional Hoshin firewalk ceremony.


At WIND BELT the student is considered a role model for other students and therefore sempai. The student has obtained certification in standard first aid, and continues to study advanced massage techniques, and energy skills. Training at this level is concerned with teaching skills to others, analyzing and penetrating other martial arts systems, advanced anatomical techniques, subtle energy, and unorthodox weapons. In order to achieve wind belt students must research a warrior koan, show proficiency in all techniques and concepts from previous belt levels, and endure a traditional wind belt sacrafice test.


The BLUE BELT is an honorary belt which is given to students by the Soke. The Blue Belt symbolizes an outstanding achievement and/or contribution to the association, traditionally from an esoteric standpoint. A blue belt may be assigned to an individual regardless of his/her rank and is not related to physical skills as it is not part of the normal ranking system. This is one of the most coveted awards in Hoshin and was most prized by our founder.


The BLACK BELT is awarded to students who have demonstrated knowledge and teaching ability. The black belt studies interpersonal psychology and communication skills, combat psychology, use of terrain, humor, compassion, camouflage, deception, chi transfer, and attack & defense both open handed and with weapons. A black belt in Hoshin demonstrates mastery of meditation, knowledge of over one hundred throws and joint locking techniques, is comfortable with an array of weapons - both traditional and modern, has accomplished the lesser kan and li, and is knowledgeable of roshi healing traditions. He or she is a beginner in the teaching traditions but technically sound as a practitioner. There are a total of ten black belt or dan ranks in the Hoshin system.